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2 A N K U R The Annual Journal of Prakriti The Environment Society Lady Shri Ram College for Women

3 2 CONTENTS Office Bearers 3 Note from the Union 4-6 Note from the Staff Advisors 7 Society Pictures 8 Society s Timeline 9-13 Society Pictures 14 Editor s Note 15 Food for Thought Photo Gallery 39-40

4 3 OFFICE BEARERS UNION Kirti Chauhan (President), Kamakshi Srivastava (General Secretary), Nivetha S. (Treasurer), Swasti Arya (Editor) STAFF ADVISORS Tripti Bassi, Sonali Mishra, Neha Sharma, Suman Bhanoo, Bhawana Arora, Akansha Singh, Shama, Vaishali Verma, Shenraz Cama

5 4 FROM THE UNION Kirti Chauhan (President) Eco-feminist Vandana Shiva had said, We are either going to have a future where women lead the way to make peace with the earth, or we are not going to have a human future at all. I couldn t agree more. Prakriti has given me such love that it brings me excruciating pain in bidding farewell. The society has made such a special place in my heart, it will be impossible for me to subtract myself from it. I have grown so much as a person and polished myself as a leader. Some of my most important takeaways would be trusting and believing in my team. Taking charge of the society last year is one of the best things that ever happened to me. I had a wonderful experience leading Prakriti alongside some truly amazing women, being my fellow office bearers, our responsible volunteers, and supportive staff advisors. I experienced a true reflection of celebrating womanhood and sisterhood and marvelled at the kind of team spirit exhibited during the events. It was splendid and almost very pure. I saw volunteers giving their best and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone for the society. It is because of our team work that we were able to take the society to great heights. We could successfully inculcate environmental consciousness and sustainable behaviour among the student body. Though there is still need for greater youth mobilisation and activism on campus, we are proud to have set a precedent for the subsequent union. Given the contemporary milieu, climate change, pandemic outbreaks, ocean levels rising, global warming, forest cover reducing, forest and adivasi right violations, the need has never been greater for women leadership in the world and Prakriti gives us that freedom. I wish all the best to the next union and their team. Delve into this beautiful society, give it your best and allow the society to bring out the real you. I promise, if not an experience of the lifetime, it will surely be the best of your college life. Kamakshi Srivastava (General Secretary) You step into the gates of college, waiting to experience the magic, not knowing that the journey itself is Magic. When I entered LSR as a fresher, star-struck and dazed, never did I think I would be heading a dedicated and enthusiastic society of budding environment advocates. As I reflect upon my journey from being a volunteer to an office-bearer, I realise how much I ve grown as an individual. Prakriti has given me so much. It has taught me perseverance and how to sensitise more

6 people and bring about environmental consciousness. None of it would be possible without my wonderful co-union members who share my concerns for the environment. Working nonstop and conducting sessions and activities was never a burden with them. A society is its volunteers and I am very proud of each of them. They collectively make Prakriti the success it is. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude towards all the departments for putting up amazing exhibits during the Environment Week, 2020 which helped us create awareness on various pressing issues and the entire student body that has been so receptive and conscious towards our cause throughout the year. My special vote of thanks to Dr. Sharma and all the staff advisors for their immense support, encouragement and guidance. This year, with Prakriti, has given me a suitcase full of memories and victories that will be cherished forever. I hope the next union takes the ideology and legacy that Prakriti breathes, forward. To Elsas for planet Earth! 5 Nivetha S. (Treasurer) Don t limit yourself. Contentment matters. Being a part of Prakriti, all the moments I cherished, enjoyed, learned cannot be expressed in a few words. Prakriti is the thing to be highlighted in my college memoirs. It let me expose and hone my managerial, time management skills and patience. It made my monotonous day into a special one with events, workshops, field visits and so much more. We're very fortunate to have Dr. Tripti Bassi, Dr. Suman Bhanoo, Dr. Neha Sharma and others as supportive staff advisors to guide us. Prakriti team s unity at the time of Green Cup and Flower Show really made me realize the essence of the word, teamwork. The journey between teacher-student and advisor-member was something new and interesting for me to work with. Being a part of the remarkable initiative - Seed Ball Making will be a long-lasting memory. It wouldn't have been possible without the guidance of Sonali Mishra ma'am. I would really like to thank her for her idea and initiative of the Monsoon Plantation Drive which resulted in another stupendous idea of Seed Ball Making, a project that finds its own remarkable place in this tenure. Prakriti gave me the platform to explore the places which I have never visited, with amazing union members and volunteers. Days during Green Cup and Flower Show in college and hostel was pretty hectic but it is completely worth it to receive awards and recognition for our work. Specially the gardeners passionate efforts. Finally, it was a really happy moment for me to hear staff advisors say to the Principal, "We made the interview process tough to choose the right person for the post of Treasurer by conducting the interviews twice. On hearing these words, I was glad that they are delighted with my contribution towards Prakriti. My best wishes to next union. Do come up with new innovative ideas. Think of unique projects, installations, themes for Green Cup and Flower Show which is something that makes our college stand out.

7 6 Swasti Arya (Editor) I believe more in nature s ability to carve liquid rain into white snowflakes than to create thunderstorms. Prakriti has simultaneously managed to fill me with extreme exhaustion and with unparalleled joy. After the investiture ceremony, I realised I was finally in a position to not only talk about the concerns of the world but also take up initiatives and undertake projects to actually walk the talk. And that is exactly what we, the Prakriti Union strived towards. We filled every sliver of free time with a workshop on sustainability, or a trip to a biodiversity park or a seminar on dragonfly conservation or a meeting to discuss the latest issue of Ankur or a talk on this or a presentation on that. Every single seed ball made, candle wax melted, stone painted, flower stem cut, projector setup, thank you card made, scrapbook page curated, comma inserted was a step towards realising the goals of the society. In the capacity of Editor of Prakriti my only aim was to curate a blog that spikes interest among the student body that pertains to issues that they can relate to. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to the entire Editorial Team for coming together to create magic with words, paints and photographs. Receiving positive feedback on the same were the cherry on top the cake. Moreover, I am eternally grateful to the Principal, the staff advisors and my co-union members who in their own capacities have done a brilliant job in all the society s endeavours. But I cannot thank all the gardeners of the college campus enough for the tireless work they have put in. Finally, cheers to all the environmentally conscious women who have been a part of the society, who have taught me a plethora of soft and hard skills. Each and every member s contribution is invaluable. I along with my co-union members am happy to be the glue that kept the various stakeholders in a cohesion with the ultimate aim of doing good for the environment.

8 7 FROM THE STAFF ADVISORS Dr. Tripti Bassi (Convenor) Prakriti is committed to generate environment consciousness and sensitivity in diverse ways. Constantly, the society updates the student community about contemporary events and practices related to the environment. This year also was quite memorable since our Society Union hosted many thought-provoking discussions, workshops, interactive sessions and talks by environmentalists on many themes that are relevant to our lives. Other than the usual activities related to refilling of markers, preparation of organic products and paper recycling, the Union actively organized seed-ball making activity, butterfly conservatory workshop, dragonfly conservatory workshop and nest-making workshop, which proved quite helpful in understanding our role in creating a sustainable environment. Prakriti volunteers were active in organizing and participating in various events throughout the year. The Society Union was able to significantly contribute to the Flower Show. They motivated the student community to not only participate, but also guided them throughout and extended all possible help which ensured in the College winning many trophies and prizes, like the previous years. Prakriti s journal, Ankur definitely highlights major achievements of Prakriti in this academic session. Prakriti Union has done commendable work and deserve appreciation for their vision and hard-work. Under the able leadership of Prakriti President Kirti Chauhan, General Secretary Kamakshi Srivastava, Editor Swasti Arya and Treasurer Nivetha Sridharan, the society has encouraged the volunteers and the larger student community to deliberate and reflect on critical environment matters. I wish them all the best in all future endeavours! Sonali Mishra (Co-Convenor) Prakriti, as a society, has always been very close to my heart. Environmental activism, compassionate and sustainable living lie at the core of Prakriti s endeavours. The academic year has been another memorable one for Prakriti, commendably led by our convenor Tripti Bassi, competently coordinated and executed by the student core team of Kirti, Kamakshi, Swasti and Nivetha. I take this opportunity to applaud the wonderful work done by Prakriti, the details of which are showcased in this delightful annual journal, Ankur. The enthusiasm and commitment of the students, their selfless diligence towards realising meaningful activities, workshops and informative talks that they organised, the innovations they have shown and the enterprising spirit with which they have conducted the society s work, have greatly impressed me. I congratulate team Prakriti on all its achievements during this year, and feel very privileged to be a part of this society. I firmly believe that the spirit of environmentalism imbued in the members of Prakriti will continue to make a noteworthy impact in times to come as well. I look forward to continued efforts by all members, as they step out on their onward journey, to pursue their noble quests and be inspiring role models.

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10 9 SOCIETY S TIMELINE Campus Plantation Drive 22nd July, 2019 On the special occasion of the college orientation for the batch of 2022, a campus plantation drive was carried out, as has been done for some years now. Freshers from all departments planted samplings all over the college campus to herald a new happy beginning. The samplings planted mark a spiritual beginning in the lives of the first-year students. Dragonfly Conservatory Workshop 13th August, 2019 Conducted by Dr. Ishtiyak Ahmad, an education officer from the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, the session created awareness about the immediate threats to the wellbeing of dragonflies in India and also highlighted practical solutions to the problem. The college campus now boasts of a new dragonfly and butterfly corner, wherein host plants for them have been procured and planted. Plantation Drive at Tughlakabad Biodiversity Park 17th August, 2019 Tughlaqabad Biodiversity Park is a new project of DDA among the upcoming and established bio-diversity parks in Delhi, as a part of Professor C. R. Babu s drive to restore degraded ecosystems. Under the able guidance of Dr. Vivek, Head of Tughlakabad Biodiversity Park, the students and a staff advisor took the first step towards hands-on restoration of our eco-systems. The trip comprised a tour of the bio-diversity park and planting of about 100 native species saplings and a mind opening discussion on the concept of seed balls with Dr. Vivek. Talk on Ecology and Environment 29th August, 2019 The event was conducted by Youth Alliance, an organization committed to transforming our community into a more introspective, sustainable, informed and responsible one. We were honoured to have with us Ms. Vibuthi, an alumna of LSR, and Ms. Riya as the speakers. They explained the relationship between ecology and economics and how it is destructive and exploitative in present times. Furthermore, it is our duty as educated and concerned citizens to care for the ecology and not just focus on the narrow interest of securing economic growth and resources as without the former, our existence itself will cease to exist. Butterfly Conservatory Session 9th September, 2019 The session was spearheaded by Dr. Ishtiyak Ahmad, an education officer at Asola Bhatti Wild Life Sanctuary, who discussed the growing threat against butterflies and enlightened the students about the immediate need of butterfly conservation. He shed light on the various species of butterflies, the dangers to them and ways in which we can nurture them. LSR hopes to boast of a butterfly garden within its premises very soon. Talk on Water Crisis in India 12th September, 2019 Delivered by Mrs. Anshumala Gupta, an IIT Kanpur graduate and who has worked as a senior Consultant with NCERT and Founder Director of Joy of Learning, the session began with recollecting a lost civilisation and turned to focus on how water plays an important role. The speaker enlightened the gathering with historical stories of water conservation, by highlighting the role of community in conserving the resource and concluding with the talks of Sada Neer Campaign that works for the same cause.

11 Talk on Environment and Spirituality 25th September, 2019 An insightful and thought-provoking session on Environment and Spirituality: A Closer Look at Mindful Consumption was conducted by Dr. Manu Singh, who is not only an environment activist but a spiritual trainer as well. Throughout the session the speaker simplified the term Environmental Understanding with some basic yet fun examples that resonated with the student body. The speaker emphasised on the need and benefit of establishing a connection with nature. Release of First Issue of Ankur 29th September, 2019 The first online issue of Ankur, Prakriti s blog was themed around Ocean Health. It focused on creating awareness about the terrible condition of the oceans during the present time and suggests ways on how to prevent the same. An assorted collection of articles, photographs and artwork depicting the decline of coral reefs and turtles, the ills of cosmetic products, the harm of thermal pollution and various other factors was included and much appreciated by the reader base. Annual Nature Walk 1st October, 2019 Guided by Dr. Neha Sharma from the Department of Environmental Sciences, the nature walk is conducted every year inside the college premises to highlight the presence of various trees in the campus itself. It focuses on the historical, religious, metaphorical and medicinal aspects of the trees like Champa, Neem, Ashoka and several others. The students had fun walking in the woods and listening to the magic whispers of the old trees. Session and Stall on Sustainable Menstruation 24th October, 2019 Conducted by the organization, Greensphere under the project Meno-organic, the session focused on the dangers of the increase in non-biodegradable waste generated during menstruation. They created awareness how sanitary pads are harmful not only for the body but also for the environment. Furthermore, they educated the students on alternatives that are available nowadays like biodegradable pads, tampons and menstrual cups. A stall selling all these eco-friendly and budget friendly options was well received by the student body. Prakriti Bazaar 16th January, 2020 The objective of inviting various organizations to set up stalls free of cost was to make ecofriendly products accessible to the student body at large. Care was taken to have pocket-friendly products to cater to the student body. The bazaar was a huge success with organisations like Navdaanya, Raindrops Foundation, Ikhtiyaar, Aghaaz, Happy Living, Pure Wash and Goonj setting up stalls selling a wide range of products. Organic pulses, eco-friendly keychains, metallic straws, recycled bookmarks, wallets and purses made from upcycled cloth, earrings made from waste plastic bottles, organic soaps, lotions, gels, bamboo toothbrushes and several other products were a huge hit among the student body who was surprised to find the products at such reasonable rates. Visit to Okhla Bird Sanctuary 18th January, 2020 The walk inside the sanctuary was guided by Dinkar, an avid birder from Rajasthan. The members spotted many water birds as well as land birds such as the Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, Eurasian Coot, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little and Cattle Egret, Rose Ringed Parakeet, Rufous Treepie, Jungle Babbler, Black Brongs to name a few. 10

12 Alongside spotting these creatures of beauty, Dinkar kept the members engaged with quick questions about State Birds and their distinguishing characteristics. Workshop on Zero Waste 23rd January, 2020 Plogga comes from the term plogging which means picking up trash while running. Abhimanyu, the speaker, started this movement back in 2017 by creating communities of volunteers and has completed 600 plogging runs. He also stressed on the condition of garbage pickers in the informal sector. They receive unsegregated waste which contains medical waste such as blades leading to cuts. An individual s role begins right when he/she throws out a plastic wrapper. Elaborating on the various categories of plastic waste and their disposal, the speaker talked about plogging and its various benefits. Clean-Up Drive 1st February, 2020 A clean-up drive was organized in collaboration with There Is No Earth B, a collective of environmentally conscious individuals in Connaught Place, Delhi before which safety equipment were handed out to all and instructions on the proper procedure for the same were given. After the clean-up drive, the members marched forward with all the bags to give the same to a recycler. The whole walk was in the form of a protest rally to show dissent against ignorance towards climate change. Seed Ball Making Initiative 6th February, 2020 Under the able guidance of Dr. Vivek, head of Tughlakabad Biodiversity Park the members of the society used native-indigenous plant seeds to make the seed balls. The plant's productive part and compost was brought from Tughlakabad Biodiversity Park which were deseeded by the members themselves. The seeds used were of Sim, Palaash, Sesame, Ber, Kattha, Arjun, Termuna, Albijing and Behedha. Following which a mixture of clay, compost and water was made into palm sized balls to house the seeds in. This activity was conducted with a view of using these seed balls to help recover barren lands where traditional afforestation methods have ceased to work. These seed balls will be distributed to outstation students who will take these back home during summer vacation and put them to use throughout the country. Talk on Ecofeminism 7th February, 2020 Owing to lack of awareness on this topic, Prakriti in collaboration with the Department of History organised a talk on Ecofeminism by Dr. Vasudha Pande. She is an assistant professor at the Department of History, LSR. Dr. Pande covered a wide section of the topic reiterating the concept that women have always been seen as natural beings whereas men are seen as cultural beings. Moreover, culture has always been given more importance than nature and eventually women are considered inferior to men. Talking about great ecofeminists, she urged the students to reflect on the dichotomy of modern culture and nature. Paper Recycling Workshop 14th February, 2020 A workshop was held in collaboration with Aghaaz, an in-house NGO under NSS, LSR on recycling waste paper into sheets of paper which were then used to make file covers and aesthetic bookmarks. The entire process right from shredding the used sheets to making a pulp and then sun-drying them were carried out by enthusiastic society members. 11

13 Release of second issue of Ankur 20th February, 2020 The second online issue of Ankur was themed around a dilemma every youngster faces in the recent times- whether to stay in trend or to invest in something durable. The title was Fast Fashion versus Sustainable Fashion. This issue explored the nuances of the fast fashion industry and the consequences it has had on the health of the environment. Furthermore, several articles on sustainable fashion choices were also included. Talk on Fast Fashion 20 th February, 2020 A session on sustainable fashion was conducted by Youth Alliance. They indulged everyone in an activity in which the participants had to search for the price paid, manufacturing country, material used, production cycle, and the real cost of any type of clothing that they were wearing. The session concluded with the lesson to we stop hoarding clothes for our own sake and instead create a sustainable wardrobe for ourselves. Sustainable Sell Stalls 20th February, 2020 To create awareness about organic homemade natural products over chemical based ones, Prakriti members made an organic body scrub and an eco-friendly gel-based candle which were made using brown sugar, coconut oil, sandalwood oil, gel, tea leaves and rose petals and sold at reasonable prices. The main aim was to encourage customers to shift from chemical based, store bought products to homemade cosmetics and skin care products. Nest making Workshop 21st February, 2020 Under the able guidance of Mr. Khatri a nest making workshop was organised where the participants received hands-on training with pre-packed kits for the making artificial nests. Tying up bamboo structures, covering up with fabric and then hay to make nests that were put up throughout the campus trees was a fun filled activity for the members. Mr. Khatri also talked about various specifications on the current bird populations and percentage of occupied nests in the country. Celebration of Environment Week and Inspection Walk 21st to 28th February, 2020 The Environment Week was celebrated throughout the college on a grand scale with inputs from every department. Each department took up themes relating to their subject and related it to an environment crisis the world is facing and put up elaborate and informative boards, decoration and models on the same. The Inspection Committee of Delhi University came to the campus on 26th January, They were impressed with the overall maintenance of greenery throughout the campus and heavy involvement of the student body throughout. Delhi University Annual Flower Show 29th February, 2020 Enthusiastic students participated in various categories like Western, Eastern, Roses, Marriage and several others and created a stunning display offlower arrangements and rangolis. A great number of prizes and high commendations were received not only by students but also the gardeners of the college. Ultimately leading to LSR winning the Green Cup for overall greenery on the college campus and the Ramlalbahar Cup for the best maintained hostel environment among several other cups and trophies at the 62nd Annual Flower Show organised by the Delhi University. 12

14 Waste Plastic and Paper Collection Drives Prakriti organized collection drives for waste plastic and paper throughout the year that were then sent to recyclers. Both the drives saw huge participation from the student body and created awareness about the importance of segregation and recycling. Garden Pe Charcha Sessions Student led informal sessions were held to create a space for discussions on topics like Nature and Psychology, Environment and Competitive Examinations and Vippasaana which is a tenday meditative journey to find one s path in life. These sessions saw exchange of ideas and opinions among the participants in a relaxed setting suitable for articulating ideas on the same. 13

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16 15 EDITOR S NOTE It gives me immense pride to present the annual journal, Ankur to all its readers. Ankur, both the journal and the online blog represent a medium to communicate and articulate thoughts, discussions and debates about the ailments of the environment. Creating awareness about issues like climate change, about the reasons behind the Amazon forest fires and even hot topics like the effects of Covid-19 on the ozone layer and several others is the primarily aim of Ankur. Instead of consuming a mammoth amount of information which dissuades readers from showing interest, the journal aims to brief its readers about these topics in a concise and wellrounded manner. The articles serve as little windows to glance through real world problems Mother Nature currently faces. Any topic which attracts the reader s attention can be researched upon further easily with the help of the omniscient internet. The journal aims to ignite the spark to become aware in its readers. The year began with a complete overhaul of the existing blog ( The entire user interface and aesthetic of the blog were revamped to increase the focus on articles and their supplementary artwork and photographs. Moreover, another new addition was made to the blog in the form of a section titled, Nisarg Vaarta aimed at showcasing all the activities, events, seminars and initiatives taken up by the society during the year. The editorial team members were active throughout the year in writing reports and covering the events to capture them for the blog. This print edition comprises submissions from the entire student body without any restrictions, unlike the previous two editions which were themed on Ocean Health and Fast Fashion versus Sustainable Fashion with contributions from the society members. This makes the final edition special as it provides an open platform for students from all walks of life to share not only their thoughts but also artistic interpretations on all aspects of the environment. After all, the aim of Prakriti is to create consciousness among the entire student body. The journal is a beautiful amalgamation of well-written articles, creative essays, thoughtful poems, aesthetic artworks and mesmerising photographs. Furthermore, it lists all the activities and events the society has been involved in this past year. It lays out all the new initiatives undertaken by the society as well. I would also like to take this opportunity to extend my deep gratitude towards the staff advisors, my fellow union members and the Editorial Team of Prakriti. This edition is a collaborative effort of multiple stakeholders, especially the members of the society who have been active in conducting research on these topics to bring about this curated journal. With this I hope the journal lives up to the reader s expectations and puts the readers on a quest to become more conscious human beings. Swasti Arya Editor

17 16 A PLACE WORTH SAVING Isha Sriperumbuduri Economics First Year In our fast moving, progress driven, day to day lives, it is scarce to find moments where we stop to admire or even ponder about nature and our surroundings. We are so consumed in our hectic lives that we don t understand the impact of our actions on the environment. However, there are some places on Earth which make us pause and think, This place is worth admiring and worth saving. I had a similar experience when I went to Sikkim during the beginning of October in The place I visited was a small village called Rinchenpong, located in West Sikkim. Richenpong is about four hours from the city of Gangtok and five hours from the Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal. I flew from Delhi to Bagdogra and then travelled by car to Richenpong. Many people had told me, that the highlights of Sikkim are not the destinations but the journey, and they were absolutely right. I saw beautiful green mountains, extending far into the horizons, the Teesta River flowing endlessly and small waterfalls gushing down the mountains. Even trees without leaves, that had slightly withered, had their own beauty. As I looked at the sights in front of me, felt the cool air hitting my face, heard the Nepalese songs playing in the background, and made my way to Richenpong, I thought, This place is truly worth saving. In Rinchenpong, I was staying at an ancestral farmhouse called the Yangsum Heritage Farm. It is owned by a friendly and helpful man called Tashi. The farmhouse includes 44 acres of mountain farm which has walnut trees, bananas, spinach, guavas, pear, potatoes, radish and millets growing there. The farm produces only organic products. What is even more notable is that the Yangsum Farm is not a special case. Most of the farms in Sikkim produce only organic products. In fact, in January 2016, Sikkim became the only cent percent organic state in India and the world. This journey of becoming a 100% organic state started all the way back in Mr. Pawan Kumar Chamling, the former Chief Minister of Sikkim, was the visionary behind it. The people of Sikkim were concerned about polluting the water bodies and consuming contaminated food, which is why this initiative was started and backed by the government. From 2003, the state reduced pesticide consumption by 10% every year and finally in 2014, it became a criminal offence to buy and sell any form of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Non-abiders of this law could be imprisoned for 3 months or would have to pay a fine of Rs.1 lakh. The Sikkim administration used a lot of its funds to train farmers and teach them techniques of organic farming. It also provided farmers with varies biological inputs. By 2016, 190,000 acres of land were completely organic. However, the implementation of this initiative is in the works as there are a number of farmers who are still struggling, due to their crops being highly susceptible to pest attacks and their overall yield falling because of the absence of chemical inputs. The government is working on solving these issues. It is amazing to see an Indian state working so dedicatedly to protect the environment. What is even more remarkable is that, organic farming is not the only way Sikkim is contributing to the

18 environment. Sikkim was the first Indian state ever to ban plastic bags all the way back in The people of Sikkim had recognized the detrimental effects of plastic much before the rest of the country. There were awareness campaigns and drives to sensitise the citizens and hefty penalties for not abiding by this rule. In 2016, packaged drinking water was banned in government offices. In addition, thermocol and Styrofoam plates were banned in Residents and even government officials eat out of paper and leaf plates. The implementation in Sikkim is so widespread, that even small villages like Rinchenpong follow rules such as, no plastic and no open defecation very seriously. In fact, urinating in public can cost a resident a fine of Rs.500. Imagine if this rule were to be implemented in Delhi; the government would make a fortune! The government, with the co-operation of the people of Sikkim is working to make this state a Zero Plastic state. Growing tourism does pose as an issue, but the government is determined to find a solution. Another example of the Sikkimese people s commitment to the environment is how they fought to protect the Kanchenjunga. The government had recently allowed the scaling of the Kanchenjunga peak. The local people of Sikkim, even the owner of the Yangsum farm, were completely against this and protested until it was finally banned in When I asked why they protested, the owner and his wife told me, that the Kanchenjunga was holy and was their mother. They could not allow anyone to set foot on her. They worshiped the peak like a goddess. It shows how highly they hold everything nature has offered them. To conclude, what I learnt during my trip was that, we as humans have stopped caring about the repercussions of harming the environment. We think we are invincible and nature is ours to exploit. However, we are living in a delusion. Nature will always have more power over us. It is not ours to exploit, but ours to protect. The Sikkimese people have figured this out. They not only protect nature, but worship it. They have consciously given up on having an easier lifestyle, to conserve the environment. Sikkim as a state is showing us the way forward in living a sustainable, eco-friendly life. We all must follow in their footsteps, to at least respect the environment, if not worship it, because the earth is truly worth saving. NURTURE NATURE Saanjh Shekhar Sociology First Year Robert Frost made me fall in love with nature Mosquitoes made me fall out My relationship with nature is fickle and theoretical I hate insects and I want an out Or at least it was like that, until I found LSR A reservoir of conflict and nature The world beyond its slightly cramped classes Is limitless, and shaded with green There is a garden which has plenty to offer Ready to envelope anyone who walks by 17

19 18 With an iced tea and some chilly potato Watch the light filter through the branches Lunch here will remind you of picnics But you won t find ice cream and there are ants After a day packed with lectures, and special assemblies Sit beneath the benevolent peepul tree Wish for boyfriends, good marks If and when you catch a falling leaf Let the shade perk you up Let yourself forget the quarrels Be careful though, Be careful of the crow sitting on a branch Who is ready to remind you of what it ate for lunch Even when you don t want to listen When you walk a bit further you see more life You ll see a small furry animal, a squirrel perhaps Galloping across the gardens Like she s running among trees, and navigating forests If you are lucky enough, your teachers Might conduct lectures in the back lawns Running from building to building in the heavy rain Might make you curse yourself for choosing a huge campus But after the rain, everything looks anew There ll be dew drops and cough drops After a long long day, you will see how Nature can nurture your inner soul. Paridhi Agrawal Mathematics Second Year THE THUNBERG EFFECT Anupreeta Datey Economics First Year The advent of the 21st century has experienced many vibrant feminist movements championing for equal rights for women and equal representation in the political arena. Today there is much more parity in the experience women have from getting education to pursuing previously male dominated careers and beyond. One of the unparalleled ones started off in It was one of the most unique and successful one due to its striking features namely, being led by a 16-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg and the ideology of ecofeminism. Thunberg struck a chord worldwide with her school climate strike movement after which she was envisaged to become the next generation leader due to her unprecedented contribution towards the cause of climate change. She was also named as one of the Times 100 most influential people. It all began with her strike in 2018 during the Swedish election after heat waves engulfed Sweden. Her movement mainly focused on reduction of carbon emissions and working towards ecofeminism. In her opinion women are still not adequately represented and many in positions of power are 'not taken seriously'. It largely proves to be true since people like Donald Trump, Macron and others have been quite sceptical and opposed to the Thunberg's Movement. Greta, refusing to be bogged down by critics, idolizes personalities like Rosa Parkers, an international icon against racial segregation and Malala Yousafzai, activist for women's

20 education globally, who continued their struggle fearlessly and so does Greta. Thus, pertaining to the current scenario, she admits that even though Sweden works towards narrowing the gender gap, according to statistical data, gender pay and even political representation show disparity. Greta also points out that Sweden has never had a female prime minister which shows the staggering reality. Thus, the question of how these differences should be bridged comes into play, according to Thunberg, sustainability has a key role in reducing this gap. Surprisingly this proves to be true as mothers are providers of food and are affected due to floods and droughts, which are consequences of climate change. Violence against women is also prevalent in many backward countries which leads to their miserable condition. Women face the brunt of climate change disproportionately which is testified by statistical data showing around 8% of them are affected by climate change. Thus, it showcases the very reason for women being in the forefront of the many climate change strikes. Ecofeminism was earlier speculated by an Indian economist namely Bina Agarwala who has authored many books pertaining to this topic one of them being Gender and Green Governance. Thus, Thunberg has created a remarkable impact which is called the 'Greta Effect' and has also acted as a 'climate catalyst' bringing climate science to the forefront. 19 ENVIRONMENT AND POLITICS: UNDERSTANDING THE RELATIONSHIP Deepshika Doley Political Science Second Year In today s world, where the newspapers and journals are flooded with news regarding state leaders taking part in environmental summits and events, asking all to save the environment, we clearly get to see the link between the two hot topics - Politics and Environment. When we talk of environment, it refers to the natural world around us and politics in layman s terms, refers to what politicians do to hold onto power, run the country and alongside maintain relations with other world leaders. The link between environment and politics stands indisputable and this article tries to explore how this relationship, if fostered in the right direction can create a difference and help us usher in an era of sustainable development. We all have heard of the Amazon forest wildfire which sustained for several weeks in Amazon is the largest rainforest on the planet and is considered as the lungs of the world as it contributes 20% of the world s oxygen. It received global attention with many pointing out that president Bolsonaro s extensive industrialization and development policies as well as the large-scale clearing of forests for cattle feeding, as the reasons. In fact, the G7 countries also offered aid to help Brazil battle the wildfires. This example highlights how environment and international politics are intertwined and the impact these policies can have on the environment. Green parties are parties based on the principles of green politics such as social justice, protection of natural resources, environmentalism and so on. Most democratic countries today have one, for example Canada, South Africa, Norway, Denmark, Sweden. India too has its own green party, called Soumya Psychology Second Year

21 the National Greens Party, founded in In fact, Boris Johnson who won a landslide victory recently in 2019 has included many climate and environment related promises in the Conservative party s manifesto, such as creating a net zero economy by 2050, though many groups still find it inadequate. To understand the relationship between environment and politics in a better manner, let us take the example of ozone depletion. The fact that the ozone was depleting above the Antarctic popularised in 1985 which proved the Rowland-Molina hypothesis that chlorofluorocarbons are depleting the ozone layer in the stratosphere. Chlorofluorocarbons can lead to aggravating repercussions like skin cancer, weakened immune systems, cataracts and several others. Immediately the global scenario woke up to an alarming situation with state leaders coming together to battle this problem. As a result, the Montreal Protocol was signed in 1987 which came into effect on 16 th September, It aimed at phasing out production of ozone depleting substances in a stepwise manner. The latest addition in this regard has been the Kigali Agreement of Thus, the Montreal protocol stands as one of the most successful examples of collaboration between environment and politics which has resulted in the recovery of the ozone layer at a rate of 1-3% per decade since 2000, phasing out of 99% of ODS and expectations of recovering the ozone layer to 1980s level by the middle of the 21st century. Countries like Czech Republic introduced non-ods with GEF funding and set up state and environmental funds and is a leading player in the region today. Today, when we look at countries, we can detect very easily through their policies that there have been increasing expectations of people from their leaders to work for the environment. Governments are bringing out policies to protect the natural resources and biodiversity, control water and air pollution, discourage use of plastic, fight against global warming and encourage the use of renewable sources of energy among other initiatives. However, this is not to say that these policies are always successful. Many a times, such policies are far from being effective. For example, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is aimed at assessing the outcome of any project before its enactment in order to check those projects which are environmentally hazardous by denying clearance to them. However, what is seen is that the project head, themself prepare a positive report of the EIA. The irony in this situation cannot be denied. Reports still show that countries suffer from choking drains, lack of proper waste disposal management, polluted water bodies and millions of tonnes of plastic waste that choke water bodies, thus creating environmental menace. The misappropriation of funds and corrupt practices that prevail are long-standing obstacles. The differences between Global North and Global South with regards to taking responsibility towards accepting limitations on release of greenhouse gases and enabling development at the same time is also well known. This brings us to the realization that we still have a long way to go. There is need for innovative policies which can bear results and not simply impose limitations and costs for the industries and households. State governments can also take steps ahead, like in the case of Maharashtra, where industries are rated on the basis of the amount of pollution they release, with industries polluting the most being given one star and those polluting the least being given five stars. What is also required is awakening of citizenry vigilance and cooperation without which policies aimed at the environment can never turn fruitful. Civil society has an advantage in democratic countries like India where they can lobby for immediate environmental action. To enable this, more information needs to be made available to the public to stir awareness amidst them. There is also the need for proper institutions having clear jurisdiction and powers to aid effective implementation of environmental policies. However, one thing is certainly clear. If both environment and politics work together hand in hand and if the 20

22 relationship between the two can be fostered in a fruitful direction, the path to sustainable development can be realized. CORONAVIRUS: NATURE S WAY OF TEACHING HUMANS A LESSON Sonal Agarwal Journalism First Year The future will either be green or not at all. - Bob Brown, Environmentalist Humans, since forever, have been exploiting the environment in a variety of ways. The growing human hunger has led to an increase in environmental destruction. Man, being the smartest of all creatures, has turned almost every resource of the planet into a so-called more usable product, in order to fulfil his never-ending need and desire. Talking about the prevalent environmental issues, there is an endless list of problems caused due to human activities, causing an ecological imbalance, affecting every variety of biotic and abiotic component of the environment. We humans have taken over the earth, we ve encroached on the territory of other living beings. We ve destroyed habitats, killed other animals, overused resources, deforested areas, and polluted water bodies and the list never ends. Nature has its own way of dealing with everything that it consists of. Rains, food chains, sunlight and oceanic water all work in a systematic and orderly manner, as per the nature s design. From flora to fauna to natural resources to even all the abiotic components, everything has a role to play. The intervention by man has caused a major disruption and unevenness in the whole environmental system. Everything comes with a price, and so does our extreme and reckless use of the environment. Nature shows its wild face in many ways at different times. From earthquakes to forest fires to greenhouse effect to floods and to extinction of species, environment depicts its anger in a variety of ways. This, in turn, harms the survival of the living population. The ultimate problem is caused to all the living creatures of the planet. Hence, saving it and protecting it from destruction is necessary for our own existence and growth. On scrutiny, we realize that there are times when nature wants to tell us something, which we often tend to ignore. In this essay, the focus is on how the ongoing pandemic Covid-19, though brought a lot of problems worldwide, but actually proved to be beneficial in a lot of other ways, which no one would have thought about. Coronavirus that has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization has disrupted all human activities globally. It continues to sweep across the world, bringing pretty much everything to a halt in many countries, as residents are quarantined or decide to selfisolate to avoid spreading the virus, and most large-scale events are postponed or cancelled altogether. Institutions and entertainment centres have stopped, factories have shut down, travel through air is at an all-time low, work from home has been implemented at most of the places, lesser vehicles are seen on roads and public places and tourist spots are not overcrowded anymore. It is impacting our lives in every possible manner. Digging a little deeper into the crises, we need to ask ourselves: How has all this affected the environment? Is the universe trying to say something to us? Is there a lesson that nature is trying to teach humans? Well, yes! The Covid-19 pandemic has, in a way, given an indirect message to the human species, about slowing down a bit. It seems to be nature s way of making people realize that it s high time, we need to stop and look around ourselves. We need to realize what we ve done to the life-giving environment and its creatures. For a moment, let s rewind our lives and analyse all what we ve done to nature. So many things have changed in just a matter of days and weeks. This coronavirus has hit the re-set button on a lot of things. It has made us appreciate older values and simpler things in life. It has in some way made us think about co-existence. There seems to be a silver lining when it comes to the environment. Since, humans began retreating themselves from public places in fear of Covid-19, nature has begun reclaiming its 21

23 space. It seems like the lockdown had an unintended benefit: Blue Skies. Nature is seen thriving in the times of quarantine. As humans retreat, nature returns! For instance, dolphins have returned to the Italy coast, thanks to the missing crew ships. There are swans in Italy s canals, which are otherwise populated with tourists. In Singapore, otters are roaming freely because of empty public places. Egyptian geese are spotted crossing the Tarmac in Tel Aviv airport in Israel due to travel restrictions. Satellites have found a reduction in air pollutants; nitrogen dioxide levels have fallen drastically. Venice canals have cleaner water. Reduction in coal and oil related works have led to a fall in carbon emissions. There has been a lot of improvements environmentally. These are just a few examples of what Covid-19 did globally to environment and its creatures. No doubt, coronavirus is a crisis that the world is facing today, which had led to a lot of economic problems. But, at the same time, there s a deeper and a more meaningful message to it. A message that environment is precious and is greater than any economic or materialistic benefit and we ought to preserve it. Again, we need to ask this to ourselves- what s next? There is a fear that future accelerations in industries in order to recover from the economic impacts of coronavirus could put us right back where we were. However, the visible and indirect effects of coronavirus on the environment definitely serve as a motivator and an inspiration for future change. This will serve as a reminder of the human impact on the environment once the pandemic has died down. Therefore, this message that mother earth wants to teach us, in the current scenario, should not be taken lightly or be ignored. In fact, it should be appreciated and should serve as a lesson for all of us, because protecting our planet is the need of the hour, otherwise it will be too late and then, there won t be any warnings but only destruction! We don t own the planet; we share the world with a lot of other living beings. Our lives are as much about co-habitation as about survival of the fittest. Let the coronavirus crisis leave us with this lesson - learn to co-exist or nature will find extreme ways to reclaim its space. 22 CORONAVIRUS: AN UNEXPECTED BOON FOR THE ENVIRONMENT? Isha Sriperumbuduri Economics First Year With the rapid spread of the Coronavirus across the globe, various nations have had to impose a state of lockdown or quarantine to protect its citizens. This confinement has negatively impacted the economy, the functioning of industries and businesses, the stock market and sectors like tourism, transport and manufacturing. However, an unexpected side effect made was the positive impact on the environment. With more and more people staying at home, there has been a decrease in the overall emissions and energy used. As per a recent report released by BBC, the carbon monoxide emissions in New York have reduced by 50%, traffic levels by 35% and carbon dioxide emissions by 5-10%, as compared to last year. It also mentioned how the emissions and energy used in countries like China, has gone down by 25% in just two weeks. According to recent satellite imaging reports, there has been a rapid and significant decline in the overall global nitrogen levels too. Pollution levels had reached its peak last year, whereas this year there is an observable improvement. It is incredible to note how, a short period of no human intervention, could have such a positive impact on the environment. In fact, in the city of Venice, Italy, people have observed fish returning to the canal for the first time in decades. Experts claim that if the situation remains the same for 3 to 4 months, there will a drastic reduction in the global emission levels. This really shows us the extent of the damage we have caused to the environment, through the years. This is an important message to us, that unless we take drastic measures like these to

24 conserve the environment, the situation is only going to go from bad to worse. I personally believe that this is a sign for us to not be caught up solely with growth and progress. We must pause, look around, appreciate nature, and focus on how we can continue to protect it, even after this period of lockdown. Life after the pandemic is going to move rapidly, with people and industries desperately trying to cover up for the lost time. The pollution levels will slowly rise, and the issue of climate change that had threatened us, will resurface again. Even in the midst of all this, we must remember the importance of growing sustainably and protecting our environment. This lockdown period has shown us that it takes only a short period of time, to right the wrongs we have caused to the planet. I sincerely hope we learn from this, and pave a greener, cleaner and brighter future for our planet. 23 THOSE PEACHES IN OUR GARDEN Navneet Kaur English First Year The four of us got this baby, from a nursery nearby, she was so young and soft, so tender and gentle. She didn't have any leaves at that time, but by and by as we took care, it began to eat well, and ultimately grew into a teenager. We all waited for that teenager to blossom, with fruits large enough, yet to our utter disregard, she lost all that - no greens, no pinks left on it. Angry, I asked my mom to pluck it out, yet life had something different in store for us, one fine day we saw her sprouting again, this time with leaves fresher and lighter. We began to feed her well, and finally in winters we saw a sight, one that was sheerly breath-taking and mesmerising, a sight to behold in a lifetime. Those blossoms of her with those pink hues, those fine long anthers in it, the yellow dust on the top, And then the fine, sensuous petals. Those blossoms started withering, and swollen they turned into round circles, the circles turned into pear shaped things, and that's how we got those peaches. Peaches juicy enough to make us feel blissful, and that day we ultimately tasted them, as if they were peaches of Eden's own garden.

25 24 REMEMBRANCE Shruthy R. Mathematics Second Year Remembrance (noun) The action of remembering something. Samiksha woke up that day and even though it had been so long, she still expected to see the clear morning sky, with the birds chirping and the clanking of her mother s bangles. As always, all she heard were the blaring horns of the cars and buses. Accompanying it, was the sweet scent from the nearby garbage dump and the smoke from the factory situated miles away. After making do the morning rituals with the slightly yellow water, contaminated with god-knowswhat, she got ready for another hectic day in the cramped office room that she worked in. Walking back home, past the ever-growing queue in front of the night shelter, past the garbage dump with its heavenly scents, she tried to zone out the shouting, honking, screaming and thought of how different things were in her time. The blinking floodlights overhead, human bodies huddled together on the footpath, draped in thin worn blankets, to have some protection from the cold winter night, all seemed to mock her as she passed by, at how her species had hacked at their own peace and contentment by giving in to their unrelenting greed and selfishness. She remembered stories of people living in harmony with animals, wild and tame, from her grandmother, remembered how the birds nesting on the huge Banyan tree in their courtyard was a sight to behold from her summer visits to her grandparents, remembered the cool breeze that would weave through her hair when she stood near the river. She also remembered her father convincing her grandparents to let go of the land to the government. At Soumya Psychology that time, she didn t understand much, but later realized Second Year that it was for the construction of a dam. She also remembered how her grandmother had secretly wept in the comforts of her room at the loss of the beautiful land that had fed her family for ages. But that was very long ago; now, all that was left of it was the ghosts of those times, the undying, vain regret of not having done enough, and the anger that people who could ve done something, had not done anything. This is what would probably happen in the next years, if we do not act now. While we may think it does not affect us, remember, we ve got another years to live on this planet, which is a very long time in itself. Whether you want to live each day battling a number of diseases, whether you want to wake up every day, coughing and sneezing, to a dark smoggy morning, is a call we have to make now. It doesn t matter if your efforts are a drop in the ocean. Every single drop still makes a ripple in the ocean. Every single drop is still a part of the ocean. We haven t got much time, hurry!

26 25 ANIMAL AGRICULTURE: AN IMPRINT IN THE ANNALS OF HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT Shilpi Sharma English Second Year The millennials have been and continue to live under the illusion that climate change is caused only due to emissions from ever-increasing automobiles across the world. It would be hard to believe that the gluttonous tendencies of humans are causing irreparable damage to environment and accelerating climate change too. This ever-rising demand for food is leading to the practice of animal agriculture. About 7,000 square miles of the Amazon forest were in flames, an area just smaller than the size of New Jersey in August Animal Agriculture was a major cause of the raging fires but neither was this term introduced in the media nor was the cause of the fire attributed to it. Animal Agriculture is the practice of breeding animals for the production of animal products. Agrobusinesses keep livestock such as cattle, poultry, and fish at high-stocking densities using modern machinery. It is responsible for 51% of greenhouse gas emissions and hence a major contributor to human-induced climate change. The commercialisation of food production to fulfil increasing demand has led to relentless breeding of cows, chicken, pigs, fish, etc. A need for land arises in order to grow grains and legumes to feed these animals. Cows produce methane while feeding, which in turn adds on to greenhouse gases. 13,000 litres of water is required to produce 1 kilogram of beef. And about 660 gallons to produce just a 0.25 pounds of ham. It is ironic that 1 billion people across the world have no access to safe drinking water whereas we have plenty of it to invest in mass production of food. 7 billion humans consume 5.2 billion gallons of water and 21 billion pounds of food every day. On the other hand, just 1.5 billion cows consume 45 billion gallons of water and 135 billion pounds of food every day. Renewable energy infrastructure is projected to take around 20 years and 18 trillion dollars to develop in order to reduce climate change gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq. feet of forest, 20 lbs of CO2 and an animal's life could be saved per day if we as a society did go vegan. Going vegan is too distant a dream to be realised. Even without going vegan, people can contribute in reducing climate change. Mahatma Gandhi rightly said, The world has enough for everyone's need but not everyone's greed. People across the world face a social dilemma which occurs when individual's short-term self-interests are pitted against the social welfare of the society in the long run. We would be able to preserve our environment as and when we become concerned about the future of the larger collective. It's only when we come back to our senses that forests, wildlife oceans, rivers, air and our health will restore too. VYOMMITRA Avantika Kapoor B.A. Programme First Year Vyommitra is India s first humanoid, who is going to be launched into space in December, 2020 by ISRO. A humanoid is a robot that has the ability to talk to astronauts, understand them, offer solutions to their problems and so on. This skit is based on what her interaction might be with the inhabitants of the moon, if she encounters them and what their view of our planet, climate and environment is. To give it an interesting twist, the character of Vyommitra is similar to that of Geet in Jab We Met, the popular Bollywood film. Vyommitra (V): Hello? Hello, is anyone around here?

27 26 1: Who are you? 2: What are you doing here? 3: Who sent you? V: Hold on! Hold on! Dekho, eisa vaisa na kuch try mat karna mere saath okay! Mujhe karate aata hai! (See, don t try any nonsense with me. I am trained in the art of karate.) Are you inhabitants of the moon? Oh my gosh, it s so nice to meet you. What do you call yourselves? And wait, you can speak English and Hindi! How is this possible? 4: We are Meluhans, my dear. We can speak every language that exists in this galaxy. But the main question is, who are you and where have you come from? I can t recall from which planet these languages are from. 5: Wait, I know, I know! It s from that planet! 1: Which one? 2: That one! Whose atmosphere is as black as pitch from dirt and pollutants and chlorofluorocarbons. 3: Oh, that one! That treats its Mother Nature like a garbage bag. 4: Oh, that one! The planet where the Himalayan glaciers will fully melt by ALL: Oh, she s from Earth! V: Quit being so mean, will you? Yes, I am from Earth. I am Vyommitra, India s first humanoid. I ve been sent here to see whether life exists on the moon or not. I can speak Hindi and English and perform multiple tasks. I can also mimic human activity, recognise other humans, and respond to their queries. Moreover, I can do the same with you Meluhans. But my planet isn t like you described it to be. And don t you insult us. We re the ones who managed to come here, not you. 5: Oh really, do tell us more about your planet. V: Well, for starters, we have many different species of flora and fauna- 1: (cuts in between) You mean to say you ve spared any species except your own selves? V: Why, of course we have! 3: How nice to witness such brutal honesty! Oh, tell us some more please. What, according to you, are your greatest inventions? V: For me, it has to be transport. 5: And why do you say so? V: Well, it helps us travel from one place to another without getting fatigued. We have cars, buses, trains, planes and what not. 1: But do you not think that owning cars has become more of a status and style symbol than just a mere means of transport? V: Never mind that. That just motivates people to work harder in order to be able to afford them. There s nothing there.

28 2: And how can you forget the fumes its engines release? Oh, those black, polluting, pleasantly scented fumes have got to be the prettiest visual ever, right? 3: Nah, well I have to disagree. According to me, their best invention yet has to be plastic. What better than an artifice that doesn t even start to biodegrade before at least a thousand years! 4: Oh, and when they dump the plastic into the rivers and oceans! Not going to lie, that s my favourite part! 5: Their seabed looks so much better now, doesn t it? 1: Oh, absolutely! There was a time when your seas and oceans glistened and brimmed with life. How utterly boring. But now, all we can see are sonar weapons scaring marine life into the shallows and tonness of plastic and filth being dumped into them, with no remorse whatsoever. That is so much more fun to see. V: Is it just me or do I feel like you re all being sarcastic with me? 2: Tum hamesha hi eisi bakwas karti ho, ya aaj koi special occasion hai? (Do you always talk such nonsense, or is today some special occasion?) V: Oh please! Mujhe eisa vaisa mat samajhna! Mai apni favourite hoon! (I am not to be trifled with. I am my own favourite.) 3: But on a serious note, your species have exploited every resource available to your kind in the worst way possible. 27 V: Big deal, sannu ki fark penda hai? (Why should I care?) Sanskriti Mishra B. A. Programme Second Year 4: Oh, look at them, will you? 1: This is the typical human mentality we expect from you. 5: Dur fite muh! (Facepalm) V: Kya bola? Kis duniya me ho tum huh! Tumhari vajah se mujhe yahan bheja gaya hai! Aur tum log ho ki mujhe attitude dikha rahe ho! Mai chhodne vali nahi hu. Koi doubt mat rakhna dil me! Vyommitra hu mai Earth ki. (How dare you? Who do you think you are? I was sent here to find you! And you are being arrogant towards me! I m not that easy to convince. Have no doubt. Afterall, I am Vyommitra from Earth.) 2: Look at us. There isn t any diversity of life forms on the moon, neither do we have different geography. But you have forests, deserts, grasslands, mountains and so much more. Why are you exploiting your own treasure? 3: There was a time when your planet was the most ideal in the whole galaxy. Whenever we looked in your direction, we saw beautiful co-existence with nature, be it flora, fauna, or humans, each had their own role to play and each got the respect they deserved. 4: But now, every time we glance in your direction, all we can see are your heads.

29 28 5: Heads here. 1: Heads there. ALL: Heads, heads, heads, heads, everywhere. V: Oi bas kar oye. Bohot ho gaya! Boli ja rahe ho, boli ja rahe ho, boli hi ja rahe ho! (Stop it, it s too much now. You are going on and on.) 2: I ve heard the Earth s population has already reached 7.7 billion. 3: Even then you haven t been able to control the Amazon Forest Fire, neither the Australian fires. We have seen those enormous flames swallow up the forests and wildlife. 4: Tumhe kabhi eisa nahi lagta jaise kuch galat ho raha hai? Jaise koi train choot rahi hai? (Don t you ever feel anxious? Like when you do if you re about to miss a train.) V: Konsi train? (What train?) 5: Tum sab ki zindagi ki train. Agar planet hi zinda nahi reh paega, toh tum sab kahan rahoge? Aasmaan mein? (The train is a metaphor for your life. If your planet dies before you do, where do you plan on living? You cannot just exist in space.) V: Are nahi, ruko! Koi chain kheecho! Ruko! Hae mera itna life khrab ho gaya hai, itna life khrab ho gaya mera! (Oh my god, what have we done? Somebody please stop this train. This needs to end. We have ruined our lives with our own hands.) What are we supposed to do! Driven by lust and greed, we have exploited Mother Nature to the fullest. Oh, how shamelessly we ve behaved! How could we not be thankful for all that she has given us and still continues to? Be it the lovely transparent water that reflects the blue from the sky, or the lush green trees and vegetation that fills our stomach, or the mesmerizing visual of birds flying high in the sky. Oh, how could we! Will Mother Nature ever be able to forgive us? 1: Fret not, little one, our philosophies are the same. It s not all over yet. 2: Yes, you can still save your planet. V: Really! But how? 3: Stop using plastic. 4: Stop wasting water. 5: Stop releasing untreated chemicals into the rivers. 1: Stop killing animals. 2: Stop cutting trees. 3: Let s start with this for now. Tum itne se hi try karlo pehle. Fir aage ki dekhenge. (Begin with these steps. We ll see what happens after.) 4: We visited you way back in time. I remember how envious we were of such a beautiful planet. But with the commence of commercialization, industrialization and globalization, you all just went berserk behind development. The way your planet was degrading was no joke. 5: We even came back to see what had happened. What were you guys doing? We were beyond shocked and swore never to come again.

30 V: Oh, but we will improve, we definitely will! We ll all work together, day and night to rectify our wrongs. We ll make sure to develop at a speed no one has ever seen, but also respect our Mother and be sure not to compromise her any further. 1: Maybe then, we will be the one visiting your planet. V: Koi shak! (No doubt!) 29 A WAKE UP CALL Maitri Singh Tomar English Third Year I m breathing in air but, no words are leaving out, Correction: I ve been inhaling something that is supposed to feel like air, What s coming out, should have been words, But, it s only my choked-up voice. Intensely missing that airy, busy voice of mine, It made me achieve so much in life. There are lesser trees and more of a concrete jungle around, As I open the windows each morning, I hear the commotion of traffic instead of the songs of a lark, that should have come pouring. Everyone s smile is covered by a mask, Expecting breathable air at least, once in a while, Is that too much to ask for? In place of clothes and accessories, Been searching for air-purifying plants online, Everything is messed up; you re daring to ask me if all is fine? The least that you can do to bring your senses back to life, Take the first step before you regret, Please, for God s sake, this planet is equally other creatures as much as it is yours and mine! THE VALUED COW Shilpi Sharma English Second Year The valued cow She and her little calf were together in the past Now, her commercial value is building fast The calf is starved and slaughtered later Human baby is fed instead considering his future She is made to endure excruciating pain Injected with oxytocin for some petty gain She withers in the city without a drop of water Keeps on chewing plastic deprived of fodder The milking machines cause bleeding of the udder Doesn t her pitiable state make you shudder?

31 30 ARTIFICIAL LIGHT: A KILLER IN DISGUISE Isha Sriperumbuduri Economics First Year A 2019 study found that the night skies of 50% of the key biodiversity areas are covered with artificial light. Seems completely harmless, right? However, the impact of artificial light is deadly especially in coastal areas. Light pollution near oceanic areas have a detrimental effect on the lives of marine creatures like the turtles. Sea turtles heavily depend on light for navigation and nesting their eggs. However, artificial light in these areas disorient and confuse these sea turtles, resulting in them losing their way and eventually dying. There have been many cases of new-born turtles who are prey to this. New-born turtles who hatch out of their eggs on the beach, wait until night for the temperature to cool and to make sure they are not spotted by predators waiting to gobble them up. At night, they emerge from their hideouts and make their way to the brightest area they can identify. Before the human civilization came and blinded everyone with their bright lights, this area was the sea. The light of the moon reflected on the waves of the sea, guiding the new-born sea turtles to their homes. Although now, the light of the sea has been replaced by the nearest streetlight or five-star hotels continuously shining beams of fluorescent light into the night sky. The new-born sea turtles are misled by these deceptive, artificial lights, because of which they die of dehydration, fatigue and sometimes get run over by vehicles. Before seeing the light of the ocean, the light in their eyes fade away. Mehak Gahlot English Third Year Mother-turtles, who normally find secluded, dark holes to hide their eggs from predators, find it difficult to find a single spot which is not lit up by artificial light. Hence, mother-turtles find it hard to find places to lay their eggs, resulting in unsuccessful breeding. This further threatens the existence of sea-turtles. Increasing human expansion and tourism is the root of this problem. Many tourists come to coastal areas to watch sea-turtles make their way to the water, however, ironically it is because of these tourists that some sea-turtles never find their way there. There needs to be immediate action taken to stop these turtles from dying, before they are wiped off from the face of the earth. Thankfully, some areas have begun using light dampers to mitigate the artificial light in coastal areas. Private properties need to be encouraged to reduce the light usage and, residents and tourists need to be made aware of this issue. So, the next time you are near a beach, remember not to unnecessarily shine bright lights. This seemingly innocent action impacts the marine life around you. HYDROTHERMAL VENTS Shruthy R. Mathematics Second Year Imagine a colourful mound of earth, almost like a castle with multiple towers, in ruins, spewing thick black smoke. Now imagine it underwater on the ocean floor, sustaining a plethora of flora and fauna around it. This is called a hydrothermal vent, which many scientists suspect to be where life first originated.

32 These are basically fissures present on the ocean floor from which geothermally heated water is emitted along with several minerals like sulphide, iron and gases like methane, and are predominantly found near the edges of tectonic plates and volcanically active places. Earlier considered to be an oddity or an anomaly, the immense importance of these vents has left scientists stumped. Since these are found in the deepest layers, where sunlight is close to non-existent, 13% of the energy entering the deep sea originates from these vents. Minerals like methane, sulphide, hydrogen, iron, spewed from these are vital for the growth of planktons in the upper layers of the ocean, thus playing an important role in the health of the entire ocean ecosystem. The ecosystem around the vents, house Chemosynthetic bacteria, with some forming a symbiotic relationship with heterotrophic organisms (they also form the bottom of the hydrothermal vent food web), Giant Tube Worms, Yeti crabs, etc. Since they release so much methane, these life forms, by consuming close to 90% of this methane, prevent it from reaching the surface and thus the atmosphere, and keep global temperatures in check. While we humans come up with ways which result in global warming and climate change, this ecosystem keeps it under control and hence plays a major role in sustaining a healthy planet. Further, it has been discovered that the land around the hydrothermal vents are rich in copper, cobalt and gold and therefore, plans are being drawn to send robots to mine the area for these minerals. Looks like we still haven t learned our lesson from the numerous flash-floods and hurricanes and the significant temperature rise all around the globe. And as the Swedish teenager climate activist Greta Thunberg says, This ongoing irresponsible behaviour will no doubt be remembered in history as one of the greatest failures of humankind. 31 TROPICAL RAINFORESTS OF THE SEA Shilpi Sharma English Second Year An open letter to sensitize the heedless humanity Dear humans, The world s finest wilderness lies beneath the waves Wyland We, the coral reefs wrote this letter with apprehension that our species might become threatened in the years to come. Our fears were aggravated when we saw your estimate that the Great Barrier Reef s corals might be decimated by We are fragile tiny animals who live in colonies and are sensitive to water temperature. We were formed over the course of thousands of years which may be preposterous for a species who is used to things which are just a click away. We can be awarded for our altruism since we protect tropical shorelines from the erosive power of storms and wave action. We harbour some 4,000 species of fish (one quarter of all marine fish species) along with starfish, sea urchins and many more. It isn t told to brag about our deeds but to throw some light on the fact that existence is possible even without Neha Verma Psychology Second Year destroying another s home. The sunscreens that you people use to protect your sensitive skin is toxic for us. Your stress to prevent any harm from the UV rays gets transferred to us. The washing away of 14,000 tons of sunscreen into the oceans each year leaves no option but to

33 praise the ability of humans to create something unique, ironically harmful which pushes us one step closer towards the precarious end of our dubious question of our survival. We have lost hope that your actions could be comprehended by any of us. On the one hand, you are assisting people to complete their family through IVF technology on the other hand, the chemical UV filter oxybenzone, your creation, causes damage to coral DNA and to our reproductive success. Beware of the fact that generations don t flourish on an island built on corpses tinged with blood. While you swim the oceans without disruption, the chemicals cause the coral larvae to stop swimming, change shape and ultimately die. Some efforts of your race to heal us might be worthy of praise after assassinating your character to the fullest. Hawaii and Palau have introduced bans on harmful sunscreens but still a long wait is in store for us to see the bill go into effect as a law by January 1, The Belize Barrier Reef System was on UNESCO s danger list in 2009, but since that low point, Belize has worked to turn things around and there has been impressive progress. It became the first country in the world to put a moratorium on all offshore oil exploration and drilling. They realized before it was too late that their exploration had long been transformed into exploitation. We would like to strike a deal with you and your market economy since that is what you thrive on. The fishing industry depends on us since many fish spawn before making way to the open sea and The Great Barrier Reef generates more than 1.5 billion dollars from fishing and tourism. If and when your interest gets aroused regarding your own survival, then you may learn that natural resources (food and drugs), creation of soil, purification of water and air, and break-down of pollutants are some of our generous acts along with others. We want to entice you with our offer which has monetary benefits and also secures your future. Most people tend to ignore the coral reef because it s not active like the fish around it - Kevin Rouse. Ignorance was a key of the past and it is the consciousness of the present which may open the doors of a brighter future. Hoping against hope and expecting some empathy, The suffering coral reefs. Minee Pratiksha History Second Year 32 CREATION PRISTINE Taniya Ahmed Commerce Second Year Since creation pristine, now Earth's waters we see Are vast ponds of pollution and plastic debris. In the misguided minds of too many who lead More important than oceans are power and greed. Seas are rising as glaciers and coral reefs shrink. Now humanity stands on catastrophe's brink. Left defenceless are creatures that under seas lie That increasingly suffer and needlessly die.

34 33 They're entangled by plastics that movements impede Or are strangled, unable to breathe or to feed. To ignore global warming is reckless and wrong. Without unified action, it may not be long Until sea life, a critical sustenance source, By its death will a toll on all nations enforce. While both paper and wood over time will decay And their trees are renewable, plastic won't rot. And though metal's recycled or eaten away By incessant corrosion, most plastics are not Though we cannot all plastics now totally ban, We must fund more research and do all that we can To use substitutes that may the crisis reduce Until science can soluble plastics produce. Then permit toxic dumping in oceans no more To preserve life within them and planet restore. HUMANS BINGING CLOTHES: WASTE FOR EARTH TO GORGE ON Taniya Ahmed Shilpi Sharma Utkarsha Ahirwar The lure of buying new clothes is irresistible. Have you ever wondered about the toll producing clothes takes on the environment? Do you ever think whether this habit of people could cause any harm at all? Well, it's not too late to dive deep into the intricacies of fast fashion. Fast fashion is the term used to describe clothing designs that move quickly from the catwalk to stores to meet new trends. The collections are often based on designs presented at Fashion Week events. It allows mainstream consumers to purchase trendy clothing at an affordable price. It became common because of cheaper clothing, an increase in the appetite for fashionable clothing, and the increase in purchasing power on the part of the consumers. Because of all this, it is challenging new fashion lines that are introduced on a seasonal basis by traditional fashion houses. In fact, it's not uncommon for fast-fashion retailers to introduce new products multiple times in a single week to stay in trend. Shopping for clothes was once considered an event. Consumers would save up to buy clothing at certain times of the year. But that changed in the late 1990s, as shopping became a form of entertainment and demand for clothing increased. The cheaper, trendier clothes allowed consumers to feel as though they were wearing the same clothing that were on the runway at fashion shows. Fast fashion is made possible by innovations in supply chain management (SCM) among fashion retailers. Its goal is to quickly produce articles of clothing that are cost-efficient. These clothes respond to fastshifting consumer demands. The assumption is that consumers want high fashion at a low price. Fast fashion follows the concept of category management, linking the manufacturer with the consumer in a mutually beneficial relationship. The speed at which fast fashion happens requires this kind of collaboration, as the need to refine and accelerate supply chain processes is paramount. Leaders in the fast fashion industry include Zara, H&M, UNIQLO, Gap, and Forever 21. Spanish chain Zara is all but synonymous with fast fashion, serving as an exemplar of how to cut the time between design, production, and delivery. Fast fashion is a boon for retailers because of the constant introduction of new products encouraging customers to frequent stores more often, which means they end up making more purchases. The speed at which fast fashion moves tends to help retailers avoid markdowns, which cut into margins. The company does not replenish its stock instead, it replaces items that sell out with new items. Accordingly, consumers know to purchase an item they like when they

35 see it no matter what the price because it's not likely to be available for long. Fast fashion is also responsible for big profits, especially if a retailer is able to jump on a trend before the competition. And if there are any losses, fashion retailers are able to recover quickly by launching a new clothing line or product. And because the clothing is cheap, it's easy to get consumers back into stores to purchase the new clothing and the latest styles. Living in such a fast-paced world, fast fashion allows for more affordable clothing. The latest trends are sold to the masses, people get what they want and do not have to wait around for anything as there are now so many retailers and brands to choose from, either in-store or online, with e-commerce becoming the biggest industry on the planet as the human race moves deeper into the digital era. This has moved people into the habit of buying Anushka Pal Economics Second Year 34 something and only wearing it once- a throwaway culture. It s great for someone who doesn t have the largest income as they can still enjoy the thrill of spending and getting the new things when they want, and not have to spend an arm and a leg on it, allowing them to save in other areas of life. Despite the advantages for customers, fast fashion has also been criticized because it encourages a throw-away attitude. That's why it's also called disposable fashion the clothing is cheaply made in a style that will change very quickly. Critics contend that fast fashion contributes to pollution, poor workmanship, and poor working conditions in developing countries, where many of the clothing is manufactured. The trend has also been criticized on intellectual property grounds, with some designers alleging that their designs have been illegally mass-produced by retailers. One of the disadvantages of fashion is that it may be uncomfortable to wear hip and stylish designs. Sometimes, the hottest fashion designers create body-conscious styles that are tight and even restrictive. Often, the fashion seen on runways are quite stylized and extreme; however, in real life, these extreme styles tend to be watered down for the general population. Men's fashion can also be restrictive and uncomfortable- for example, many men hate wearing suit jackets and neckties. Suit jackets are often fitted tightly on the body, making it difficult to give the arms a full range of movement. Neck ties may make certain men feel choked or claustrophobic. Dress shirts with tight, stiff collars cause discomfort to some men. Another disadvantage of fashion is the way it is portrayed in mass media. Thin models wear clothes that highlight their unrealistic physiques. For many men and women, trying to look like male or female fashion models is very difficult, and this comparison between ideal bodies and normal bodies can cause body issues, such as body dysmorphic disorder. Anorexia, bulimia, and abuse of drugs and laxatives may all be practiced by people who try to attain thinner bodies that are so prized by the fashion industry. This billion-dollar fashion industry is the second most polluting industry on the planet, and a major cause of this pollution is fast-fashion. Today, there is a global annual production of 150 billion new articles of clothing. Most of that clothing is produced unethically, transported using coal-based machinery, and disposed of with little to no effort made to be environmentally conscious which means more than 60% of fabric fibres are now synthetics, so if and when our clothing ends up in a landfill, it will not decay. The fashion industry is the second highest user

36 of water worldwide and produces 20% of global water waste. One cotton shirt requires 2700 litres of water to produce. That s the amount an average person drinks in 2.5 years. Also, fast fashion isn t only depleting the world s water sources but is also poisoning them. The industry also emits 10% of the global carbon emissions, which is more than international flights and maritime shipping while producing 21 billion tonnes of waste each year. World Resources Institute expects that by 2050, the resource consumption of the industry will be triple the amount of what it was in Environment through various sources and because of plastic s slow degradation process pose a great threat to natural organisms who may ingest them. In fact, the fashion industry is one of the biggest consumers of non-renewable resources. If these numbers are not enough to give you goose-bumps I'm not sure what will then! The current way we consume textiles assumes infinite resources in a finite world and disregards the pain our consumption habits cause to our fellow humans. As we keep mindlessly shopping, we, the consumers will stay a big part of the problem; it's time to change our consumption habits. It is important to remember that in a bid to aesthetically please our senses we don't contribute to a culture that is harming both our present and our future. Sustainable fashion can't just be a 'charity project' or a change from the norm. It has to be something we consciously look forward to. It has to be the norm. When you buy something new, look into how it was produced before handing over your credit card. A part of this is checking the fabric tag. Polyester is the most popular fabric used for fashion, but it s synthetic, which means it sheds micro-plastics every time it s washed. No matter what stage of the conscious consumerism journey you re on, don t feel pressured to change your life overnight. But keeping the planet in mind when you re buying clothes can help you make smart environmental choices. 35 BEYOND FAST FASHION: A WALK BACK TO SUSTAINABLE FASHION Saanjh Shekhar Tanya Ghai Pragya Prachi Mehak Gahlot Who doesn't like to be chic, dashing, spiffy, dapper? Is there anyone out of fashion? Everyone runs after the popular and trending. First time when humans put on clothes it was merely for protection but eventually clothes have become identity markers. The way we compose ourselves, the dresses we wear is a window into our subconscious mind. Human psychology has a deep connect with the fashion industry. And is just another way to harm the environment. Even the microfiber that shed off from your clothes, are pollutants of the environment. Medical evidence shows that when these particles of plastic transfer to tissues of humans themselves, particles of this size are able to cause inflammation and fibrosis. In past people used organic raw material, used within limits, reused the products and recycled. Many communities across the globe still preserve the essence of sustainable and ethical fashion. For example, the traditional production methods are still popular in many parts of our own country. In an effort to match customer desires for replicas or items of a lower standard, the concept of fast fashion was born. Fast fashion was coined in fashion retail to describe the quick turnover of designs that move from the catwalk to current fashion trends. It became extremely popular in the early 2000s especially through flagship fashion stores such as Zara, Forever 21, HnM and so many more. From ripped boyfriend jeans to off-shoulder crop tops, these fast fashion

37 trendsetters offer the latest, eye popping designs in the world of fashion desired by masses at reasonable prices. Fast fashion is an approach of fashion design, creation and marketing that emphasizes high volumes of low-cost clothing and accessories. By moving the manufacturing overseas to impoverished countries with weak or non-existent labour and environmental regulations, using low-quality textiles and dyes, fast fashion companies are able to mass produce cheap clothing to satisfy short-lived consumer fashion trends. A major consequence, however, is that the fast fashion moves from consumers' closets to the garbage just as quickly as it is produced and accounts for around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The consequences of fast fashion have a detrimental effect on the environment as well as the people involved in the production process and is one of the leading causes of pollution. The production process is incredibly hazardous to begin with, as factories indiscriminately dump poisonous waste water into rivers and pump out millions of tons of greenhouse gases. The production of fast fashion uses 8,000 different synthetic chemicals, many of which are known to cause cancer and other diseases in humans. These toxic chemicals are found in the dyes that colour the clothing, in the corrosive finishing and bonding agents, and in the synthetic textiles themselves. On the floors of fast fashion factories, workers are constantly exposed to these toxic chemicals and are breathing in their fumes. The toxic wastewater emitted from factories flows into the waterways and seeps into our agricultural systems, contaminating them and presents serious health risks to farmers and communities living near plantations. There is a constant influx of new clothing that quickly go off trend and causes a large amount of clothing going into the landfills. Once in the global value chain or ecommerce delivery format, the garments use up a lot of packaging, high carbon transport and are stored in non-green infrastructure before finally making it home to a customer. There is also a social aspect wherein these clothes are usually made in economically weaker countries, where workers are often times paid too little for their work in these large factories. After arriving Minee Pratiksha History Second Year within a consumers closet, the environmental footprint for fast fashion is also a point of concern. In a world of choices, how we choose to buy matters to the planet thereby directly impacting climate change. Therefore, considering the negative impacts of fast fashion, there has been a considerable shift towards sustainable or eco-fashion. Sustainable fashion can be defined as clothing, shoes and accessories that are manufactured, marketed and used in the most sustainable manner possible, taking into account both environmental and socio-economic aspects. From an environmental perspective, the aim should be to minimize any undesirable environmental effect of the product s life cycle by doing three things: (a) ensuring efficient and careful use of natural resources (water, energy, land, soil, animals, plants, biodiversity, ecosystems, etc); (b) selecting renewable energy sources (wind, solar, etc) at every stage, and (c) maximizing repair, remake, reuse, and recycling of the product and its components. Since all of us have our favourite brands we love to shop from, let see whether these brands actually are sustainable or not- 36

38 37 Levi s. From growing the cotton to dyeing and finishing, it takes over 2,000 gallons of water just to make one pair of jeans. Levi s focuses on the finishing processes to remove water wherever possible with its Water Less collection, which it says uses up to 96% less water to make. Columbia also looks at the full supply chain to improve its sustainability, but what makes it stand out from other brands is the innovation in the production process. Its Outdry Eco jackets are made from recycled water bottles, use no dye to save over 24 gallons of water per jacket, and has a water-repellent finish without PFCs that are known to be harmful to the environment. Athleta, this athleisure and activewear brand says that 60% of its products are made with sustainable materials, either using fibres like organic cotton, recycled polyester, and tencel or producing the garments in an ethical factory, like ones that are Fair Trade Certified. Following these environment friendly fashion brands, is now our turn to do the needful for our mother earth and take a walk back to the traditional means of producing, using and reusing organic clothes, thus promote sustainability. "The most environmentally sustainable jacket is the one that s already in your closet." Patagonia s Chief Product Officer, Lisa Williams. BOOK REVIEW: THE TUSK THAT DID THE DAMAGE Shruthy R. Mathematics Second Year The Tusk that did the Damage is a fictional account on the world of ivory trade by Indian- American author Tania James. The story is told through three pairs of eyes- a British woman filmmaker, a young boy who stumbles into the alluring world of poaching and an elephant named the Gravedigger, who is known for tenderly burying his victims. The book empathizes with the elephant, in breaking free and going on a rampage, and simultaneously with the young boy who forages into the poaching world while keeping an eye on his elder brother, as promised to his mother. The elephant s voice might be expected to come off as child-like, but it is anything but that. Even while stating the facts as it is, the deep grief and pain that lies beneath its words is hard to ignore or forget. Without taking sides, the author weaves the story in a manner which leaves the reader in a moral dilemma at the end. The author doesn t trivialize or simplify the issue and neither provides any probable solution, instead brings out the complexities and corruption in wildlife conservation and the extent of the menace of elephant poaching; the story reveals how poaching, conservation and rehabilitation of wildlife often comes full circle. The book also talks about the mental and physical torture handed to captive elephants paraded for festivals and by under-qualified and cruel mahouts. While tackling the environmental aspect, the book almost doubles up as a thriller, with the plot moving at a comfortable pace. The author, through this hauntingly beautiful book, has done a commendable job in opening people s eyes to what goes on behind our backs in wildlife conservation, the consequences of the greed-backed and poverty-driven actions of some and how it is important that we consider and involve all perspectives before resolving any issue.

39 38 LOST IN THE CITY Shilpi Sharma English Second Year The poem revolves around the plight of camels and their dwindling numbers. Lost in the city I am the camel of the Thar Being taken to a place afar I am illegally slaughtered for my meat Causing the reduction of the Mewari breed Made to walk despite the bleeding feet Used as campaign vehicle to meet certain needs Outside the habitat, suffering from anthrax Still treated as if made up of wax Stop killing me in the name of religion Otherwise you would be unsparingly bitten. PRAKRITI: A JOURNEY OF CHANGE WITHIN Ujala Mehta Philosophy Second Year The sole reason behind me joining Prakriti was my love for nature. I love being surrounded by flowers and greenery, and when you have a campus like LSR, how can one not give a shot to join in? And then, after so much of hard work to brainstorm creative and green ideas for filling the application form, that little panic attack just before the interview, I finally made it to the team! Initially, it was fascinating for me to be a part of one of the most active societies of LSR. Attending workshops, talks, sessions, making products on your own, curiosity to know about nature, it was all very interesting. But then, gradually I realised that all these things need to be more than just interesting and fascinating. Rather than just being a team member, I wanted to be a more conscious being! A conscious prakriti being. And that is where the real adventure started. I started reflecting upon my actions, my daily routine, and then I found that I had just been loving nature, not caring for it. I was clicking aesthetic pictures of greenery, but at the same time, I was buying plastic water bottles. I realised, I cannot take pride in attending sustainability sessions and love my denim collection at the same time. Hence, I started taking baby steps to inculcate these changes that I wanted to see in my actions. I stopped going to markets like Sarojini unnecessarily. I now keep a steel bottle in my bag, without fail. I have started living a minimalist lifestyle and deeply connecting myself with nature. These two years of Prakriti challenged me in a hundred different ways, and changed me in a thousand more. And all of this didn t happen because of any external force, it all came straight from my heart and my mind. While my academic course, which is Philosophy, helped me understand nature more maturely and made me question my actions, Prakriti inspired me to go one step ahead and take up the responsibility to change my immature actions into more green and conscious ones. Back then, I used to love nature, now, I live nature.

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